Building States and Markets After Communism: The Perils of by Timothy Frye

By Timothy Frye

Does democracy advertise the production of marketplace economies and strong kingdom associations? Do state-building and market-building move hand in hand? Or do they paintings at cross-purposes? This publication examines the connection among state-building and market-building in 25 post-communist nations from 1990 to 2004. in keeping with cross-national statistical analyses, surveys of industrial managers, and case reviews from Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Uzbekistan, Timothy Frye demonstrates that democracy is linked to extra monetary reform, better kingdom associations, and better social transfers while political polarization is low. yet he additionally unearths that raises in political polarization hose down the optimistic impression of democracy via making coverage much less predictable. He strains the roots of political polarization to excessive degrees of source of revenue inequality and the institutional legacy of communist rule. by means of opting for whilst and the way democracy fosters markets and states, this paintings contributes to long-standing debates in comparative politics, public coverage, and post-communist experiences.

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This manuscript uses a variety of statistical tests but is designed to be accessible to readers with little knowledge of quantitative social science. Whenever possible, I begin with simple statistical tests that illustrate the results before moving on to slightly more sophisticated methods. With the goal of making the argument as accessible as possible, I present a broad range of evidence and tests. The use of multiple methods to assess the argument is particularly important. As is often the case in cross-national research, the problem of multicollinearity raises difficult issues of identification.

Others posit that the level of poverty and inequality in the late 1980s depressed the level of economic and institutional reform in the 1990s (Jensen 2003). Still others link the paths of extrication of socialist regimes to their subsequent path of economic reform (Stark and Bruszt 1998). 14 15 To use terminology from American football, the EU may be very helpful when countries are in the “red zone” near the goal line but is less important when teams are not in striking distance of the end zone.

The number of countries is sufficiently large to make comparisons but small enough to allow deep immersion in the secondary literature. A close reading of this scholarship can give greater confidence that concepts like political polarization, elite partisanship, and reform can be measured with more accuracy than is often the case in global datasets (Brady and Collier 2004). This manuscript uses a variety of statistical tests but is designed to be accessible to readers with little knowledge of quantitative social science.

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